Millions of us rely on childcare. It sets young children up for life - helping them to learn, express themselves and thrive once they get to school. It gives busy parents the choice to return to work and earn the money that will help to make a home fit for kids to learn and develop.
But there’s a problem - parents who are claiming Universal Credit are having to pay their monthly childcare bill upfront. That means that some families are spending a huge chunk of their monthly wage before their child has even stepped foot in a nursery.
This has a big impact on struggling families and their kids. It stops parents from using childcare that helps them juggle day to day life and it even pushes some families into debt. And the financial pressure and stress this creates at home hurts parents and their kids.
We don’t have to put up with this. Together, we’re calling on the government to make childcare in England work better for struggling families.